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In memory of Corey Goodnature
On June 28, 2005 a team of Navy SEALs came under intense fire in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan. In answer to their urgent radio calls for assistance, a special group of men leapt at the challenge. The men assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based in Savannah, responded to the call. Two aircraft departed their firebase with a SEAL security team in an attempt to rescue the stricken SEALs. During landing, the lead aircraft was hit by Taliban and Al-Qaeda fire and crashed on the mountainside below. All eight aircrew along with eight fellow Navy SEALs were instantly killed.
Chief Warrant Officer Three Corey Goodnature was the Flight Lead Pilot of that aircraft. Corey and his fellow soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to save others from harm. He and his crew responded to the challenge that day because that was their very nature. He’d rather die than quit, and he proved it that day. The 160th motto — “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit!” — is how Corey lived his life. His devotion to that ethos and his fellow warriors was embodied in his death.
Purpose of the scholarship fund
The purpose of the Corey Goodnature Memorial Scholarship Fund is to establish a permanent fund to provide scholarships in Corey’s name to youth wishing to further their education. In 2008, the fund provided $8,000 in local scholarships and $4,000 to the Night Stalker Association Fund.
The Corey Goodnature Memorial Scholarship Fund is a tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donation to the Scholarship Fund is tax deductible for federal and state income tax purposes. A donation form may be downloaded by clicking here.
WARRANT OFFICER COREY J. GOODNATURE
Killed in action on June 28, 2005
Operation Enduring Freedom
Chief Warrant Officer Three Corey J. Goodnature died June 28, 2005, in eastern Afghanistan when his MH-47D helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations.
He was born Feb. 13, 1970 in Minnesota.
Goodnature graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Associate’s Degree in aerospace engineering in 1991 and joined the Army in October of 1991.
He served as a parachute rigger at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C. He attended the Warrant Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Ala. Upon graduation from flight school in 95, his first assignment was flying UH-1s in Korea. In 1996, he was assigned to Camp Wheeler, Hawaii. He assessed for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in 1998 and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion 160th SOAR (A) at Hunter Army Air Field, Ga. as an MH-47D Chinook pilot.
Goodnature’s military schools include the U. S. Army Rigger’s course, the Electronic Warfare Officers Course, the CH-47D Aircraft Qualification Course, the Air Assault Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course and the CH-47D Instructor Pilot Course.
His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Senior Army Aviator Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Rigger Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal for valor and the Combat Action Badge.
He is survived by his wife Lori of Savannah, Ga.; and two sons, Shea and Brennan, of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.